The building blocks of world building

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Nov. 6, 2020



World building is a cornerstone of any story. From your neighbourhood slice-of-life to an out-of-this world space opera the world in which the characters inhabit draws the reader and keeps them invested in the character’s struggles. Here are some questions to consider when constructing your new universe.

What is ...



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Hidden Horror - Lifting up the Rock

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 22, 2020




On our last Quackcast I had a realization about one of the recurring elements that shows up in a lot of horror I like.

It's the hidden nature of horror. When someone, or something, appears normal or even extra sweet or appealing, but hides nasty stuff beneath.

It's ...






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Wounded Characters

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 25, 2020



There is a reason why in fanfiction archives there's a whole category of stories called “hurt/comfort”, where one of the main characters of a specific IP is injured, and others (usually an unlikely person or whoever the author is shipping with the injured one) have to take care ...

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A Binary Approach to Motivation

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 11, 2020




I've talked a lot about motivations in my articles. And how could I not? My scientific field aside, what makes us behave in certain manners or way is a question that has occupied entire schools of thought in psychology, philosophy, political science, even AI and (bio)chemistry.

There are ...




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On the Purging of the Past in Art

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 4, 2020



First off, Happy 4th of July to all USA Duckers!

Recently I listened to Lindsey Ellis' excellently made video essay on so-called ‘woke Disney’: the company's attempt to remake or edit or outright hide past works because they are now judged to be problematic in some way or other ...



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Using 3D Art to Create Comics by Genejoke part 2

Banes at 12:00AM, June 4, 2020



Here's Part 2 of Genejoke's tutorial on 3d comics using Daz3D. He talks about character creation here, and also gives some
info on the computer capacity you might need. These tutorials accompany Genejoke's new video versions of his tutorials. Enjoy!



Video Tutorial Part 2: https://www.youtube ...




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The Art of the Conversation

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, June 1, 2020




Understanding the importance of the dialogue between two characters (or an internal monologue) is crucial for writing conversations in comics. It is true that comics are written differently than real world conversations because it removes a lot of the idiosyncrasies that happen in real-time conversations. However, learning to apply techniques ...


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Analyzing the Tantalizing Myth of the Madonna v. Whore Complex in Characters

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, May 18, 2020



Sexuality is very fluid and for the most part, there has been a societal shift towards a more “sex-positive” society. I digress because, as always, there is always a part of society that prefers to remain conservative. As a human female, basing my observations of other humans, it has dawned ...

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QUACKCAST 475 - Tropeagedden! overuse of fashionable tropes...

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, April 21, 2020

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Certain tropes or stylistic ways of telling a story can get really, really popular and trendy very quickly and it seems like they're everywhere! Suddenly many ...



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Pixar’s Loop Will Send You on a Loop of Your Own

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Feb. 24, 2020



Sitting back on a Friday evening, remote control in hand, I decided to watch one of the latest Pixar Animated short films. To me a short film is the perfect length of time (six to nine minutes) to tell a story with an exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution. They ...

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